Boyhood Leeds United fan Ryan Edmondson has just realised a dream. The 16-year-old striker has become the latest highly-rated youngster to join Leeds’ esteemed academy.
According to the club’s official website, Edmondson has signed a three-year contract after moving from National League North side York City, where he was handed his professional debut last month.
And, to make the deal even more exciting for Leeds fans, the York Press report that they have beaten Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough to the homegrown goal-machine.
With Leeds convincing York to part with their most promising asset, the deal to send goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Lewis to the non-league side on a month long loan deal could now be looked at through different eyes.
It appeared that Leeds had sent their third-choice ‘keeper to Bootham Crescent in order to get some much needed first-team experience under his belt. But perhaps Leeds were also attempting to grease the wheels and develop relations with their Yorkshire neighbours.
Because, less than a week after Peacock-Farrell returned to Leeds following three appearances in York’s starting XI, Edmondson has made an identical journey across the county.
Will this be a start of a relationship between the Championship side and their lower league counterparts? Leeds have no shortage of promising young talent and it makes sense to utilise their local connections to hand them the chance to star impress away from academy football, after all.